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This gem is a plugin for Acmesmith and implements an automated http-01 challenge responder.



  • You need to have write access to the docroot of your webserver vhost

Installation Install acmesith-http-path gem along with

acmesmith. You can just do gem install acmesith-http-path or use Bundler if you want.

Configuration Use http_path challenge responder in your

acmesmith.yml. General instructions about acmesmith.yml is available in the manual of Acmesmith.

In the configuration you need to configure every domain seperately. The htdocs_path key should point to the root path of your domain website.


  type: filesystem
  path: /path/to/key/storage

  - http_path:
        htdocs_path: /var/www/
        htdocs_path: /var/www/

you may want to use the post_issueing_hooks configuration to copy the certificates to the correct location and perhaps reload the webserver configuration.

Domain authorization and certificate requests

You are instructed how to use Acmesmith in its documentaion. Here are just example command lines to authorize and request a certificate for it.

vi acmesmith.yml
acmesmith register mailto:[email protected]
acmesmith authorize
acmesmith request


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake test to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at[USERNAME]/acmesmith-http-path. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.